Let’s face it, the Green Bay Packers came out and showed how good they really were against the Denver Broncos. More importantly they proved they could dominate a team they were far better then on paper, on the field.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers came out and put on a clinic on how to throw the ball as he ended the game with career-highs in passing yards, 408, and touchdowns, four. Not to mention he ran in another two to finish the day with six touchdowns and became the early favorite to win the regular season MVP as we are now 1/4 of the way through the NFL season.
What makes Rodgers day more impressive was the fact he spread the ball around. Rodgers completed passes to eight different receivers during the game. Not too mention his four touchdown passes were completed to all four of his receivers, the only ones left without touchdowns were wide out Randall Cobb and tight end Jermichael Finley. Rodgers also had three passes over 40 yards to three different receivers including Cobb, Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson, who recently has been given a contract extension by the Packers. Jennings finished the day with 103 yards on seven catches and continues to prove to be Rodgers No. 1 target in their loaded offense.
The receivers were not the only ones impressing on Sunday, running back James Starks was given the start with Ryan Grant out with a bruised kidney and took advantage of it. While Starks did not post a 100 yard game, he ran hard and was effective with his 13 carries for 63 yards. Starks ran hard and it earned him a 4.8 yard per carry average and is enough of a running game for the Packers to use play-action effectively against their opponents.
While the Packers offense stole the show, the defense played phenomenal as well forcing four turnovers. Defensive back Charles Woodson took an interception back for a touchdown early in the game and it set the tone for the rest of the game. Quarterback Kyle Orton would go onto throw two more interceptions and the Packers would recover a fumble. The fumble was recovered by safety Morgan Burnett who continues to impress in his second year with the Packers.
If there is anything to take away from the 49-23 blow out win it is the Packers know they can improve and are working every day to do that. The NFC North is not going to be easy to win, it never is and when the division has the last two undefeated teams in the NFL, the fight for the division lead is going to be a tough one. The Packers will look to carry their momentum to the Georgia Dome next week against the Atlanta Falcons who will look to get revenge from last years embarrassing playoff performance.
About the Author
Written by Noah Hanstedt
Born and raised in the small town of Neenah, WI. Grew up watching Green Bay Packers football with my late father. Been writing about sports for 5 years now and hope to continue becoming a stronger writer and an even better man.